Ringgold Tornado

Ringgold Tornado

On April 27, 2011, a devastating EF-4 tornado ripped through downtown Ringgold, GA. Nine lives were lost in this tornado, including a member of Ringgold United Methodist Church.

Our church sustained some damage to the roof and structure of the building during the tornado. In spite of the damage, the church rose to the occasion to become what was often referred to as “The Tornado Church” in the community. This designation became attached to the church because the church would serve as the epicenter of numerous relief, recovery, and restoration activities, including UMCOR (The United Methodist Committee on Relief), COAD (Catoosa Organization Acting in Disaster), CAM (Christian Aid Ministries), the Red Cross, food trucks, and the collection and distribution of multiple relief goods.

10th Anniversary Podcast Interview

On the 10th Anniversary of the tornado in 2021, we took time to listen to three of the leaders of our church who helped to coordinate many of the relief efforts following the tornado. Listen below as Beth Kellerhals, James Pelt, and Donna Greeson both reflect on the damage caused by the tornado and describe the relief efforts organized in and around our church.

The Tornado Church – Role of Our Church in the Recovery

Gallery of the Storm and Relief Efforts